Wright, Richard. (1908–1960)

"The title of my lecture will be: 'NEGRO LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES.'" - Typed Letters Signed

Pair of TLS from the American author to the Associazione Culturale Italiana, and one addressed specifically to Professor Irma Antonetto, regarding an upcoming speaking engagement.  First letter (Undated; 2 pp. on personal stationary) reads, in part, "The title of my lecture will be: 'NEGRO LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES.' / Will you please let me know if this title or topic will be suitable to you... I am at present recovering from illness and would like to spend some time at some warm place in southern Italy to recuperate.  Is it possible for me to collect [the fee] of 100,000 french francs from you in Italy in lira or some other currency."  The second letter (Jan. 9, 1951;  1 pp. on personal stationary) concerns travel arrangements from Paris to Turin. Two holes to left margin, else fine. Uncommon.
Richard Wright, one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century, was the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction volumes, most notably Native Son and The Outsider.  Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially related to the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, who suffered discrimination and violence in the South and the North. Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century. He moved to Paris in 1946, never again living in the United States.

Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica Italiana. (19203)